Who gets your Baseball Hall of Fame vote?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Plenty will be said and plenty will be written between now and Jan. 6 when the 2015 inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame are revealed.

There will be arguments, there will be debates. There will be moralists, there will be revisionists.

With the deadline for ballots being today, now is the time for us to let you guys, the collectors, do exactly as the voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Below is the ballot of 34 eligible players. You can pick as many as 10 players below who you feel are worthy of Cooperstown. (If you choose to submit a blank ballot, there is an option for that below, too.)

The “voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played” — there are no other parameters. Players not appearing on the ballot below are not yet eligible, have exhausted their eligibility via the writers’ vote or appear on MLB’s Ineligible List.

Players who appear 75 percent of the vote will be enshrined in Cooperstown — at least in the real world.

Do collectors have a different take on everything that surrounds this subject? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Beckett.com 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot (vote for as many as 10)

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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12 comments

  1. starky 28 December, 2014 at 06:37

    This is where the baseball is tainted vote came in – avoided Sosa, McGwire, Bonds and Clemens. Mattingly, Sheffield, Garciaparra, Mussina, Schilling, Piazza and Johnson got my votes.

  2. mrhurtado17 28 December, 2014 at 11:45

    Pete Rose for sure needs to be in! Whoever voted for floyd, erstad, giles, gordon etc need to be banned by beckett immediately…

  3. chrisolds 28 December, 2014 at 15:13

    Phil: There is no write-in vote on the Hall of Fame ballot.

    MrHurtado17: Rose is not eligible for gambling on the game. The other names you mentioned get their day in the sun. If they fail to get five percent of the vote, they are removed from the ballot permanently. (That’s how it works in the real world.)

  4. Carter L 28 December, 2014 at 16:12

    I’m surprised at how low Tim Raines is on here. Last year he got 52% of the real vote, on here he got just 25% of the vote. 7 time all-star, 3 world series, 5th all time with over 800 steals. Probably the greatest Expo of all time and one of the best players ever on the base paths. He also had the most hits in the whole MLB during his seven-year prime and walked a lot too. Raines has to be in the HOF. Otherwise I agree with the top names there.

  5. mrhurtado17 28 December, 2014 at 16:39

    Chris- its pretty obvious Pete is not eligible just saying he should be like the guy above said.

  6. Robert Braxton 29 December, 2014 at 21:14

    Judging from the percentages above, collector’s (myself included in that group) are idiots.

    Although, I will say with all the ‘layover’ HOF’rs on this list, my list could have nearly been 20 players long!

    If you want a TRUE representation, take the 10 vote limit off of US, (the hell with the ACTUAL rules).

  7. Joe Soper 30 December, 2014 at 03:28

    It is a shame the real vote is restricted to MLB Writers only. The All-Star game is determined by the fans, so should the HOF. Basically a guys who have done their jobs very well for years but happen to like their private life private can and have been penalized by writers who may feel that the player owed them time and interviews.

    I don’t believe that the PED’s argument holds real validity when it comes to the HOF. Guys from this era have been penalized for doing finding ways to enhance their performance or recover from injury a little faster. Is that really any different from players way back in the day sharpening their spikes or a little later taking greenies and uppers and other things so they could help recover from their partying the night before?

    How many racists, wife beaters and drunks have already been allowed in the HOF? If we restrict the HOF to the good guys only, would there be anyone left?

    Pete Rose…. don’t know where to start here…. First thing, he’s baseball’s all time hits leader and should have been elected a long time ago just for his accomplishments between the white lines. If you go to the Hall of Fame or their website have a look for a MLB logo. There isn’t any, they aren’t sponsored by the MLB, they are an independent organization, read their mission statement. .

    As fans we have to pay to enter the Hall and we should be give the opportunity to say who is elected. Ban the writers, all they use their vote for is to get more people to read their columns.

  8. Will Gryc 31 December, 2014 at 09:50

    Any chance we could vote for 12? The HOF allowed writers to vote for 12 this year since it is such a loaded ballot.

  9. Wayne Koch 4 January, 2015 at 02:56

    After long consideration, I have to agree with the purists, and only induct the best of the best. Three or four meet this criteria, not the rest. This is the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Pretty Good or Mediocre. Can’t see why Bonds, Clemens and McGwire aren’t in, as their so-called PEDs use happened before they were banned by baseball?

    “How many racists, wife beaters and drunks have already been allowed in the HOF? If we restrict the HOF to the good guys only, would there be anyone left?” Have to agree with this sentiment Joe Soper, you put it very well.

    The powers that be won’t ever go along with this sentiment as it isn’t politically correct. Look what has happened to football, of which I was an avid fan, I no longer even watch it. They ruined that game, and they’ll try to ruin baseball with their PC rules that nobody can meet all of the time. It’s a shame, as many deserving players won’t make it into the hall.

    Sorry, but Raines, McGriff, Mussina, etc. just weren’t good enough to ever get my vote. They were good, just not HOF caliber.

  10. phillies_joe 4 January, 2015 at 13:03

    I agree with the BBWA…ten votes isn’t enough…we need twelve. Not sure why Lee Smith and Gary Sheffield overall don’t get more love….I didn’t vote for Gary because I ran out at ten though.

    I’ve changed my thinking (or is it caring!!!!!) on the PED folks…put em in with a * on thier plaque, but don’t let them give a speech.

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